The traditional way in which members cast their votes for Grammy Awards relied on paper ballots. This might seem a romantic method through which to initiate another edition of Grammy Awards. In reality, it appears to be an outdated procedure that is not in tune with the show’s direction that mixes music with technology. Therefore, Recording Academy is going to allow members to vote online for the first time in the history of the event.
The Winners of Grammy Awards Will Be Decided Online
On Wednesday, Recording Academy executives announced the end of the paper ballots as a voting system during the annual review. Instead, they unveiled a brand new procedure based on a digital voting software. Through this upgrade, they hope to entice a larger array of members to participate at Grammy Awards. This method offers artists that are on the road during the event the possibility to still become an active part of it.
The senior vice president of awards at the Academy, Bill Freimuth, admitted that this had been a widely discussed proposition among executives for years. He claimed that it wasn’t a question of disbelief but a matter of technical challenges that delayed the system modernization.
“Security was always a major issue because it could become a target for hackers.”
Few Voters Took the Time to Vote for All 19 Grammy Categories
During this time, the Grammys attracted various criticism regarding the way it promotes voting practices. Over the years, juries chose traditionalism over the challenging yet marvelous work of artists with adventurous and experimental inclinations.
Grammys rules encourage members to choose their favorites from four main categories which are a new artist, song, album, and record. However, there are other 15 fields that need judges to decide the winner. Across the history of this event, few members cast more than 15 votes per year. This meant that some categories had to be discarded.
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